MCAF 2022: Allan Matudio talks about his graphic novel ‘Kasama’ at the 2022 Montreal Comic Arts Festival

Poster art by the legendary Michel Rabagliati

In celebration of the 2022 Montreal Comic Arts Festival (MCAF), here’s my chat with Allan Matudio about his graphic novel Kasama. This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. And the podcast is also available on YouTube. Please like and subscribe to that video channel.

Allan was born in Montreal to Filipino parents. He is a visual artist, writer and organizer who worked in nano-chemistry and analytical chemistry following his graduation with a masters degree in chemical engineering. His interest in art drew him back to art school that eventually led to his day job with a video game company. Allan’s latest book is Kasama.

The story of Kasama is described as follows: “A dark force has been increasingly manifesting itself after centuries of deep rooting within the prosperous soils of the archipelago known as the Philippines. Kia and Allison are unlikely allies who arrive at the bustling city of Orkidias unaware that they will soon face one of the most notorious creatures to have ever oppressed the islands.” Kasama draws upon the Allan’s experiences as a tourist in his homeland, as a community volunteer in the diaspora, and as a student relearning his heritage.

You can discover more about Allan on Instagram at @allanmima


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